Program Updates

York Elementary: We were just awarded level 3 status! - Oct 20, 2014

Elma High School: - Oct 13, 2014

Fernwood Elementary: We just joined the program! - Oct 7, 2014

 

Healthy School Buildings Resources

IDEAS FOR A LASTING CHANGE

Establish a hand-washing program. Improve hand-washing procedures through an educational campaign. Replace antibacterial spray with an all-natural, environmentally-friendly alternative.

Improve air circulation in classrooms. Remove objects blocking vents and inform teachers. Develop and use a tracking method to solve air quality and health complaints.

Purchase food from local vendors or grow your own. Ensure that vendors provide pesticide-free produce and locally grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Use a school garden to grow produce and teach students about healthy food choices.

 

CLASSROOM IDEAS FOR TEACHERS

Conduct a Chemical Survey – Guides students through a survey of the chemicals present in their home or school
Hold the Mold! – Follow this activity to grow mold in the classroom and learn about its health and environmental impacts
Lead Blockers – Learn about the health effects of lead and how to minimize the impact
Lesson Plans and Activities – Tap into classroom activities and resources related to building health
Teachers and Healthy Indoor School Environments – Use lesson plans and resources surrounding air quality

 

GAMES AND ACTIVITIES

Fun Things to Do! – Play games, puzzles, quizzes and activities related to environmental health

 

LASTING CHANGE RESOURCES

Green Cleaning – Access tips on how to gauge the safety of your school’s cleaning products and information about school purchasing policies
Integrated Pest Management in Schools – learn information about integrated pest management, and how to implement it at your school
Model Wellness Policy Guide – Use this guide to develop comprehensive wellness policies
Rehab the Lab – Explore how to improve chemical management in school labs and art studios
School Indoor Air Quality Best Management Practices Manual – Use this manual to learn about common pollutants and how they impact students, as well as strategies to improve indoor air quality
Tools for Schools Action Kit – Use these resources and checklists to improve indoor air quality at your school

 

IN THE HOME

Home Exposures – Refer to this list of products and services that may have negative health effects
Sustainable Lifestyle – Use these CDC tips to make your lifestyle more healthy and sustainable

 

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